Ganon Baker, founder of Elev8 Sports Institute and owner of Ganon Baker Basketball, does a great job of improving players by running them through tough drills. The “Attack the Cones” drill is no exception, as athletes are forced to execute a crossover while holding on to a second ball.
Drill Summary: Players start in a single file line at half court. Set up two cones about shoulder width apart at the top of the key and have a coach stand just behind them. Every player needs two balls for this drill. Begin the drill by passing one ball to the coach behind the cones, then start to dribble toward them. While the player is dribbling, the coach passes the second ball back to the player. Once the player has secured the second ball, they read the coach (who either stays where they are or cuts off the athlete) and attack the hoop. If the coach stays in the same spot, then drive all the way to the bucket. If the coach cuts the player off, cross over and attack the other direction. Make sure to carry the second ball through the finish and lean into it since it simulates a defender.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Use your body to catch the second ball.
2) Short, quick crossover.
3) Pin defender on the drive.
4) Extend on the finish.
Being able to take foot quickness and ball handling, and implementing it into eye hand coordination goes a long long way on the court each season. Myron Epps of the Aztec Basketball Academy takes those important skills and adds multiple ball skills to his foot quickness drills in order to maximize his player’s ability to control the ball in various situations. Turnovers play a huge role in the outcome of a game along with the ability to lead and control an offense. These ball handling agility workouts will help build body control while building essential ball skills at the same time!
Drill Setup: Players move to the wall for their quick dribble reps. They then move to position themselves in front of the coach to execute two ball dribbling abilities.
Athlete Movements: Begin with dribbles moving in and out and then forward and backward, finishing with 15 side-to-side low dribbles and then transitioning to a high dribble. Following that is high low dribbles and figure eight dribbles, which transition into popcorn figure eights. The final phase is the juggling dribble.
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Sean Miller is the current men’s basketball coach at the University of Arizona. In his short tenure at Arizona, Coach Miller has won a Pac 12 Championship and Pac 12 Coach of the Year honors. In this video clip, Coach Miller and his sons work on the inside-out move. You can also incorporate a hesitation and crossover move in this series.
Athlete Movements: Cones are needed to simulate where a defender would be in the open court. Coach Miller wants each player to make three dribbles before each cone. He also wants to alternate each type of layup. On one end of the floor, he wants the players to power up off of two feet for layups. Meanwhile, on the opposite end he wants players to do the traditional layup off of one foot. Coach Miller wants each player to explode and drive by after making each move. As with all ball handling drills Coach Miller does, he stresses not to fear making a mistake. Mistakes are a good thing because you know you are getting pushed outside of your comfort zone.
2) Carrying Out the Move and Then Finding a Faster Speed to Blow by the Defender
3) Maximizing Your Dribble
4) Finishing at the Basket
As one of only two people ever to make it to the Final Four as both a player and a coach, Billy Donovan, knows the essentials to help both coaches and athletes. In this father and son workout clip you will have the chance to see a great exercise that incorporates ball handling, changing direction with the dribble, footwork, and finishing at the rim. The beauty of this workout is that it’s versatile.
Player Movements: For this drill you will need to setup 3 Cones (2 just outside each elbow and 1 in the center of the floor just between half court and the 3-point line). Coach Donovan wants the player to crossover, go between the legs, or behind the back at the top cone. Once that player gets to the elbow area, that player will treat the cone as a defender. The player will look to turn the corner and get to the rim.
Drill Essentials: 1) Explode when you simulate turning the corner. 2) Get a good angle of attack to the basket. 3) Don’t fade away on the layup. 4) Go off the proper foot for the layup. 5) Use the rim for protection. 6) Try and limit your dribbles (Be efficient with dribbling).
Drill Tips: You can use the crossover, between the legs, or behind the back at the cone. Also, you can mix them together in the same sequence.
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When it comes to game-like shooting drills, the Penetrate and Kick Series is one of the most effective drills you can run in basketball practice. For former Duke assistant coach Chris Collins, the drill series teaches players about proper spacing, how to instinctively move without the ball, how to drive and dish effectively, and how to get good game shots.
This drill series is something that Duke basketball implements all the time in practice. The drills really work on improving footwork, drive and kick ability, team communication, and getting in game shots. Start with two lines and get three players in each line. The ball should be up top with a coach. Begin by going off the right side.
Start with a V-cut where you must work to get open. Players also must call for the ball. Next, catch the ball in a strong triple threat and imagine you are being guarded by someone. From here, look to hard attack the middle. The goal: You must get into the paint.
Coaches: Get on your players if they take lazy routes or don’t get into the lane. You could also have a coach stand there in front of the passer to drive the point home.
*Tip: Drive to score. If you do this, the defense collapses and now you have options, bailouts, and kicks.
As for the shooter on the opposite wing, they cannot just stand in that spot. Any good defense will have solid helpside pressure. Therefore, you can slide behind the ball OR chase to the corner (if the defense slides up). Your feet should be locked and loaded and ready to shoot.
Meanwhile, after the passer dishes off, the passer can’t just stand there. This player must get to an open area. The coach up top will have a ball and the passer will now play off of the coach. Get to an open area for the pass and shot.
*Make it Competitive: You can run this drill with the entire team working together to reach a goal. Or you can split things up and have teams play against each other.
As you drive baseline, the opposite wing’s responsibility is to give his teammate a bailout in the opposite corner. As he drives, defenses will rotate. From here you can make two passes. The first is a baseline pass. You can actually pass out of bounds (with feet inbounds, of course) to get yourself a lane to get around the defense. The second option is that you can deliver a power skip. Jump up and let go of a powerful skip pass across for any open shot. Eventually, look to add shot fakes to these drives as well.